Case Studies | Ace Winches

Addressing a workforce skills gap with the recruitment of Modern Apprentices and graduate engineers, Ace Winches attracts more young people into its workplace through partnerships with schools and colleges. The firm is the first organisaton to be Investors in Young People (IIYP) accredited.

ACE Winches is a global leader in the design, manufacture and hire of winches and marine deck machinery. It also provides skilled personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy sectors. The company employs 400 people growing from a base of 80 staff in 2008.

20% of Ace Winches’ workforce is in training, including 60 Modern Apprentices and 15 graduate engineers. The company's investment in training young recruits is a vital element of its business strategy. With an ageing workforce in the sector and a skills shortage globally, investing in new talent is essential for its development.

ACE Winches have made significant strides forward in their recruitment and development of Young People
ACE Winches is fully committed to engaging with Young People through schools, work experience and apprentice opportunities and is a core element of the company’s CSR strategy. Remarkable will assist ACE Winches to implement a nationally recognised framework with the aim to engage and develop a talent pipeline for the future. ACE Winches was delighted to be part of the IIYP pilot and would strongly encourage others to follow.

Shirley Butcher, HR Manager

ACE Winches starts young, firing the imagination of primary school children with engineering challenges and site visits.

In partnership with 17 secondary schools, it gives practical support to young people in the form of CV, interview skills and coaching sessions. It contributes to the curriculum, through engineering and marketing projects. Ace Winches also offers work experience opportunities and Saturday jobs to secondary school pupils and work placements for college and university students.

The company’s commitment to young people is also evident in its procurement approach. When building its new Towie Barclay Works campus, ACE Winches actively sourced contractors employing apprentices.

20% of its people are undertaking professional training 1st ever company to become IIYP accredited Working in partnership with 17 secondary schools to attract young workers

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